Associate in Fine Arts in Music AFA

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Associate in Fine Arts in Music AFA

Program Code: A10700

The Associate in Fine Arts (AFA): Music degree program is a great fit if you plan to go into a career involving music, or simply want to expand your craft as a musician. The AFA program focuses on continued training in music to enhance performance skills if you’re seeking competitive admission into bachelor’s degree programs, or if you want additional training in music for a present career without pursuing a bachelor’s degree.

Always make sure you meet regularly with an advisor to determine the best course of study for your program of interest.

Career Opportunities

The AFA: Music degree program serves as the foundation if you plan to complete your bachelor’s degree at a four-year institution or pursue careers in a number of areas, including:

  • Audio editor
  • Artistic director
  • Church musician, music ministry, organist
  • Communications (broadcaster, station manager, radio announcer)
  • Conductor (band director, choir director, opera conductor)
  • Music radio announcer
  • Music theorist (composer, songwriter, arranger)
  • Musical director
  • Musicologist/music librarian
  • Professional performing artist (singer, instrumentalist, etc.)
  • Talent scout/agent


Plan of Study

The recommended course sequence for this program and a complete list of related classes are available in the Academic Catalog. Click the button below to view a copy of this plan of study, which is also available as a PDF.

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Questions others are asking.

We offer several credentials that provide the flexibility you need. Most degree programs last two years and provide the most in-depth study of a particular subject. Diplomas and certificates take less time and are often taken in conjunction with other degree programs. Specialized training is also available for workforce development programs that are completed in less than a year.

We have special partnerships with upper-level colleges and universities for transfer. These transfer institutions include:

  • Four-year institutions in the University of North Carolina System
  • Private North Carolina four-year institutions

To ensure a smooth transfer, you should consult with both an academic advisor and the potential transfer institutions for academic course selection and guidance as soon as possible. View the list of UNC System universities that are part of the transfer partnership and see requirements.

Contact Information

Liberal Arts and University Transfer
Business & Information Technology Building
New Bern Campus

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